After months of planning and lots of organisation this year’s knitting retreat is almost upon us. My bags are packed, a huge box of yarn from Claudia (www.wollsinn.de) is ready to go and all other bits and bobs have been collated. Three of us are setting off from Wales early tomorrow morning traveling by car to the French Alps where this years retreat takes place. We will drive 850 miles there and 850 miles back, stopping over in France for a night.
I will be knitting socks when not driving (any tips on how to drive & knit at the same time?), and hoping to finish a pair by the time I come back. I have of course packed yarn for other projects too, and I am hoping to start my #jojimysterykal whilst there.
these are my colours
Over the next 12 days or so I will keep a retreat diary, posting lots of photos and short bits of writing. This is the first entry of the #retreatlog2017. Hopefully you join me in our adventure…I am very excited!
I just managed to finish my #nordicwindshawl by @cabinfour in time for this trip. So pleased with the way it has turned out and using Einrum yarn was absolutely the right decision. The shawl is super soft and almost weightless.
Early bed for me I think…see you on the road tomorrow!
Hello friends! I can almost not believe that it’s that time of year already when we announce all the details for our next knitting retreat. So exciting!!!
Claudia and I have been working hard, together with my friend Julie, and we are so happy to announce that next year’s retreat will be in the beautiful French Alps. Here is everything you need to know about it:
Date: Sunday 7 May – Saturday 13 May 2017
Venue: Chatel Portes du Soleil, Abondance Valley, France
Workshop Theme: The possibilities of short rows, incorporating shape and surface design
Inclusive in price:
6 nights in 5* accommodation plus Breakfast and dinner
We will be staying in two privately owned 5* Chalets
6 x Dinner (3 courses incl. of vegetarian option) prepared from locally sourced ingredients by private Chef
Transfers to and from Geneva Airport
Daytrip to the Medieval Town of Yvoire on the shores of Lake Geneva
All tuition fees plus yarn pack – We will be working with top quality yarns, learning how to utelise short rows in shape and surface design. There will be more information nearer the time for all of those who book a place
Knitting Gymnastic and fabulous walks in beautiful surroundings
Complete Tour organisation plus assistance on site
Single: Euro 870 per person
Double: Euro 770 per person based on two people sharing
Air- or Train Fare, any entrance fees or other activities you may want to undertake whilst there, all lunches, drinks or other foods. A Supermarket is within walking distance.
Transfer from Geneva airport will be leaving at 14.00 hours on Sunday 7 May and departing at 11.00 hours on Saturday 13 May 2017 from the Chalets.
Please make sure to book your travel accordingly.
To book a place
Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org stating clearly if you would like to book a single or double room and who you are sharing with. Please also advise if you have any special dietary requirements.
Upon receipt of e-mail you will receive a bill which can be payed via bank transfer into Heike’s German Euro bank account (bank charges if any to be paid by you) Upon money received you will receive a booking confirmation.
30% deposit upon booking your place
70% rest amount no later than 31 March 2017
In the event of a cancellation the following applies:
Up to 31. March 2017 – 20% deposit refund
No refund after 31. March 2017
We will pay a total refund if a replacement participant is given.
The detailed programme will be announced nearer the time and you will receive a monthly newsletter with updates and general information from January 2017 onwards.
Good general knitting knowledge is required, workshops will be held in English and German.
There are 5 double and 3 single rooms available and early booking is highly recommended!
None of us could believe it when we woke up and realised this was our last day together. Where had the week gone? During the organising of the retreat week day six had been planned as a free day for everyone to do anything they wished to. During the past few days some had voiced their wish to visit a garden, so with blue skies and sun as our companion four of us set off to visit Erddig House & Gardens, a short drive away from the hotel. We were not disappointed as the gardens were full of blooming colour, the house held many surprises and we were transported back in time. We could easily have been on the set of Downton Abbey, as the layout of the rooms and the contents within reminded us of a bygone era. We even managed to match the knitting to a plant purchased.
On returning to the hotel we found the rest of the group relaxing. Some had been on long walks, whilst others had spent the day chilling and knitting.
After last minute adjustments to our projects and another yummy meal it was time to finish off the week with a show and tell. Everyone talked about their experiences during the week, sharing the stories behind everyones work was interesting and fascinating, a lot of thought had clearly gone into the work.
Certificates and badges were presented to each and everyone, a final drink at the bar and then, after one final night listening to the gushing of the Horseshoe Falls, everyone was on their way home. Another great week had ended. However, addresses and phone numbers were exchanged and plans for meeting up in Schwabsburg/Germany in June have been made.
Before I knew it I was back at home sitting in my garden with my crochet, already thinking about the programme for next year. The decision had been made that next year the retreat will take place somewhere in mainland Europe, so watch this space!
What joy waking up to bright sunshine, blue skies and the knowledge that today there would be yarn…lots of yarn as the programme promised a trip to Black Sheep Wools near Newton-le-Willows. Happy chatter could be heard as we were driven by lovely Dennis, our bus driver, through pretty countryside dotted with sheep and bright yellow fields.
It is always a pleasure to visit Black Sheep Wools with their wide selection of different yarns and fabrics and today was no different. Barbara had organised a lovely lunch for us and everyone was very busy loading up their baskets and making good use of the discount offered. Tired but very happy we returned to our hotel, quickly settling down to admire everyone’s purchases and some catch up knitting on projects.
Some beautiful colour combinations and interesting designs are emerging, I can’t wait to hear everyone’s story behind their chosen work in the show and tell tomorrow.